- PDP presidential aspirant Attahiru Bafarawa says he would support any presidential aspirant in the party if he loses the primary
- He urged Umahi and the PDP party members in Ebonyi state to support him
- He also claimed that votes from the southeast states and the entire northern part of the country would enable him win the presidential election
Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant has pledged to support any presidential aspirant in the party that wins the party primary election for the 2019 general elections.
This is, however, in the event he is not able to get the ticket of the party to contest the election
Bafarawa, a former governor of Sokoto state made the pledge on Tuesday, September 4, in Abakaliki during a courtesy visit to Gov. David Umahi as part of his visit to party faithful over his presidential ambition.
He said:“I am a democrat and therefore ready to support any aspirant who emerges as the party’s flag-bearer in order to move the country forward.
“We all, however, need to be screened before the final decision on the party’s candidate is taken.
“The other aspirants who visited Ebonyi before me must have promised to solve the economic, security and infrastructural challenges of Nigeria.
“But I am presenting two books on my eight years stewardship as governor and what I will do as president,” he said.
He urged Umahi and the party faithful in Ebonyi to support him, noting that his votes from the southeast states and the entire northern part of the country would enable him win the presidential election.
“I didn’t come into politics to make money but to serve and I remain the best choice for the southeast zone, due to my favourable disposition to its people.
“I assisted several Igbo businessmen to become billionaires and ensured for instance, that no individual from that tribe was affected by the Sharia riots during my tenure as a governor.
Gov. Umahi, in response, extolled the virtues of Bafarawa, describing him as a man of humility, commitment to the develop the country.
“One of the reasons why you achieved much in life was because you are a businessman.
“Thank God for his vindication when the court declared you not guilty in a corruption charge,” he said.
He noted that about 14 presidential aspirants had emerged under the PDP, describing the situation as heart warming.
“All of you are eminently qualified for the position but some of you who spent eight years as governors would have the requisite experience to govern.
“The southeast states, governed by PDP, would take a common stand on whom to support as the person would be ready to make certain concessions to accommodate the zone equitably.
Sen. Ben-Collins Ndu, the deputy director- general of the Bafarawa Campaign Organisation, urged party faithful in the state to support his principal due to his favourable disposition to the people.
NAIJ.com had also reported that Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa declared that nobody can rule Nigeria without tapping the education and business ingenuity of Ndi Igbo.
Bafarawa, a two time governor of Sokoto state, made this known when Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi hosted him in Enugu on Tuesday, September 4.
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